While repeatedly checking visa-free agreements concluded prior to the Czech Republic's accession into the Schengen area, the Ministry of the Interior has detected its error concerning a few countries.
Unlike the information published in „Schengen news"on 16 January, the possibility to stay on the territory of the Czech Republic for up to 3 months on the basis of a bilateral visa-free agreement (thus beyond the Schengen rule enabling visa-free stay on the whole Schengen territory for up to 3 months in any 6-month period following the first day of entry into the Schengen area), DOES NOT CONCERN nationals of the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Prior to its entry into the Schengen area, the Czech Republic enabled nationals of above stated countries to stay on its territory without any visa for up to 3 months on the basis of a unilateral Government Regulation. Validity of these regulations (in contrast to bilateral agreements), however, ended on 21 December 2007 due to their incompatibility with the Schengen acquis.
The same rules apply to nationals of above stated countries with regards to stay on the territory of the Czech Republic and other Schengen States as for other nationals of third countries exempted from EU visa requirement with which the Czech Republic did not conclude visa-free agreements. They may stay on the Schengen territory without any visa for max. 3 months during any 6month period following the first day of entry into the Schengen area.